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A Community Approach to Address Health Disparities: THRIVE (Toolkit for Health & Resilience In Vulnerable Environments) - Executive Summary

The purpose of this project was to develop a community asset evaluation tool to assist communities in advancing resiliency factors in support of Healthy People 2010 and its goal of eliminating health disparities. The objectives were to: (1) delineate a set of community assets/resiliency factors related to Healthy People 2010 goals; (2) develop and pilot test a community asset evaluation tool that incorporated identified factors; and (3) delineate preliminary guidelines on how to strengthen community assets to eliminate health disparities. Using a five-part methodology (i.e., an environmental scan, a national expert panel to advise the project, development of a draft assessment tool/toolkit, pilot-testing in three communities, and development of a set of preliminary guidelines), a Toolkit for Health & Resilience In Vulnerable Environments (THRIVE) was developed.

This toolkit,adobe acrobat file with its emphasis on resilience and community strengths, offers community leaders an alternative and constructive way of viewing the environmental factors that influence health and well-being as they undergo their strategic planning and needs assessment efforts to improve health outcomes and close health gaps for members of their communities.

Recommendations and next steps included: 1) distributing the tool widely through outreach and dissemination, especially to government agencies, community-based organizations, and others serving communities of color and low-income communities and actively working to address health disparities; 2) developing appropriate education and training materials to complement the tool and mediums for dissemination, including further refinement of the preliminary guidelines; 3) bringing THRIVE "to scale", i.e., advancing the THRIVE approach in communities throughout the country, and providing the appropriate training and technical assistance needed to do so; 4) tracking and evaluating the use of THRIVE to determine how it is being used, by whom, and to what effect, including identifying case studies, success stories, and promising practices; and 5) developing generic models of the tool more appropriate for urban vs rural settings.

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